Pesach Energy-Sapper of the Day: “Enough Cleaning! I’m Waiting for the Holy Part!”
In this year’s pre-Pesach class, my teacher Rabbi Aryeh Nivin (www.newchabura.com) responded to complaints he has heard from women over the years regarding Passover. I could relate to quite a few of the complaints, and I found Rabbi Nivin’s responses to them really helpful. So, I decided to post a Pesach energy-sapper for your reading pleasure every single day until Passover, followed by an answer based on Rabbi Nivin’s response. ENJOY!
Pesach Energy Sapper #3: “I HATE CLEANING! I CAN’T WAIT TO FINISH IT SO I CAN GET TO THE HOLY PART!”
Rabbi Nivin’s Response: The cleaning itself IS the holy part.
Cleaning for Passover is a mitzvah, which means that every moment you spend scraping grime out of your stove or cleaning the fridge you are performing Hashem’s exact will at that moment.
Therefore, every minute you spend cleaning until Passover, you are engaged in the holiest activity in the world.
This is mature spirituality: recognizing that sometimes the holiest act possible doesn’t feel holy at all! But it IS holy, because it is Hashem’s will.
Chag Kasher v’Sameach!